A minister was invited to speak at a church that had the reputation of being “a burnt over field.” All labor by the former pastors had seemed to be in vain. When he stood to preach, he first remarked that he felt right at home with them. “I saw all these empty seats up front, I felt the chewing gum under my chair, and when I saw the size of the offerings, I knew I was among those I am familiar with.”2
“Let us not lose heart for we will reap in due time” (Galatians 6:9).
“We must pray to Him that He may build. We do not know His plan. We cannot see whether He is building or pulling down. It may be that the times, which by human standards are times of collapse, are for Him the great times of construction. It may be that the times, which from a human point of view are great times for the Church, are times when it is pulled down. It is a great comfort which Christ gives to His Church (promising that if) you confess, preach, bear witness to Me, and I alone will build where it pleases Me” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer). 2
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- A Treasury of Humor, Clyde Murdock, Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, MI, Copyright 1967, “Home Sweet Home”
- Christian Clippings, P. O. Box 3867, Holiday, FL, 34692, February 1996